[Pro] Drop Shadow Problems on solid colored graphic item boxes

I’m just learning FW and I’d love some advice.
The site under construction starts w/a PSD background jpeg which fills the browser, on top of that is a 800 x 600 page composed of butt fitting solid colored graphic item rectangles, similar to a Mondrian layout. I want a drop shadow to be behind the Mondrian page, but sit on top
of the PSD background image to make the Mondrian
page float above the background.

I’ve tried putting a 800 x 600 solid graphic item w/drop shadow on top
of the PSD BG image, sandwiched between the BG and the
Mondrian layout on top, but this doesn’t work. The DS never shows up on the BG.

Any ideas out there?

Thanks so much,

Patty
Oregon, USA


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How are you attaching your back-most background image to the page? Did
you draw it on the page in Freeway, or did you export a JPEG from
Photoshop, select the page, click on the paintbrush icon in the
Inspector, and apply that JPEG as the page’s background image? The
latter is the preferred way to do that.

Next step, select all of your Mondrian elements at once, group them,
and with the group selected, add a drop shadow to the group using the
inspector. (Paintbrush tab, Effects segment disclosed down, left-most
button.)

Walter

On Aug 27, 2009, at 11:11 PM, chickdesign wrote:

I’ve tried putting a 800 x 600 solid graphic item w/drop shadow on top
of the PSD BG image, sandwiched between the BG and the
Mondrian layout on top, but this doesn’t work. The DS never shows up
on the BG.


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Thank you Walter. These are very good tips, I’ll try them.

Patty

On Aug 28, 2009, at 7:32 AM, Walter Lee Davis wrote:

How are you attaching your back-most background image to the page?
Did you draw it on the page in Freeway, or did you export a JPEG
from Photoshop, select the page, click on the paintbrush icon in the
Inspector, and apply that JPEG as the page’s background image? The
latter is the preferred way to do that.

Next step, select all of your Mondrian elements at once, group them,
and with the group selected, add a drop shadow to the group using
the inspector. (Paintbrush tab, Effects segment disclosed down, left-
most button.)

Walter

On Aug 27, 2009, at 11:11 PM, chickdesign wrote:

I’ve tried putting a 800 x 600 solid graphic item w/drop shadow on
top
of the PSD BG image, sandwiched between the BG and the
Mondrian layout on top, but this doesn’t work. The DS never shows
up on the BG.


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Still haven’t solved the drop shadow problem. I tried Walter’s advise to group the Mondrian rectangles into one group and applied the drop shadow, but something weird happened.

Applying a drop shadow to the grouped items creates a weird additional color background layer behind the group, from which the drop shadow projects. I don’t want this weird extra background layer showing in the design.

To answer Walter’s question, originally I used the Image select command in the inspector to bring in a PSD PNG background graphic, a colored BG with a soft gradation, similar to the look of Adobe color branding backgrounds.
Then set the Horiz. orientation to CENTER and the Vertical orientation to TOP. This worked correctly.

Just can’t solve the drop shadow problem yet.


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Applying a drop shadow to the grouped items creates a weird additional color background layer behind the group

If you are making the rectangles in Freeway, try exporting them after grouping them. Then bring that file back in to replace the original rectangles and apply the shadow to that.

I tried making four colored squares, grouping them and applying shadow to that group. I wound up with a group with a shadow that did not extend beyond the edge group (bug?). Then I exported the group as a gif and deleted the original group, dragged and dropped the gif back onto the page and applied the shadow. That worked as expected.

As far as the extra background goes you can deselect it in the pallete to turn it off.


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